Cabinet agrees school investment

14 Dec 2017

At a meeting on Tuesday (12 December) Northumberland County Council's Cabinet agreed a proposal to allocate £4.4m of the Basic Need capital grant, to provide additional school places at four school sites in Morpeth, Blyth, and Seaton Valley, and this will now go forward to full council for ratification.

With a review of the council's overall capital programme underway, a report outlined proposed amendments to the previously approved Medium Term Financial Plan and Capital Programme back in February 2017.

Basic Need funding is allocated by the Department of Education (DfE) to support growth of school capacity and assist local authorities in fulfilling their duty to ensure there are sufficient school places for children in their local area.

Nationally £10.9 billion of funding has been provided by the DfE for the period of 2011-2020, with Northumberland’s total allocation for this period being £15.6m. 

In order to grow capacity to meet the demand for school places projects have been identified for  Blyth, Morpeth and Seaton Valley.  It is therefore proposed to allocate £4.4m of the Basic Need grant at the following schools:
  • New Delaval Primary School ​(Blyth): invest £1m increase the capacity of the school by an additional 105 places. 
  • Horton Grange Primary School ​(Blyth): to invest £2m increase the capacity by an additional 210 places. 
  • Whytrig Middle School (Seaton Valley): Invest £673K to increase the capacity of the school by 144 places. 
  • Chantry Middle School (Morpeth): Will see an investment of £711k  to increase the capacity of the school by 120 places. 

Councillor Wayne Daley, Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Children’s Services at Northumberland County Council said: "The council is committed to investing in education and school development.  This funding will allow schools four schools to increase their capacity and will result in high quality facilities being available for pupils.

“We want every child in Northumberland to have the best possible educational opportunities and this investment will help to provide the best possible learning environment.”

The proposal will now go to full council for a decision In January 2018.